So, I’m churning through the ol’ interwebz the other day looking for deer news, tidbits and whatnot when I ran across a website called Nevada Foodies.
Wow, what cool recipes and a sharp site. Kristy Crabtree was kind enough to agree to share a recipe with us and I think you’ll like it. Who doesn’t like bacon venison burgers with a little garlic kick? C’mon!
She and her husband put in for tags each season in Nevada. I’ve always wanted to hunt out there because the desert is so rugged and challenging. It’s just cool. Our annual trips to the SHOT Show in Vegas each January are after the seasons, though, so maybe one day I’ll make it.
Yes, I know … Vegas. I don’t mind a few days there. But after four or five days it’s a sensory overload. By then I’m ready to get outta dodge and enjoy the quiet scenery in the desert.
Give this recipe a try and be sure to check out Nevada Foodies for other recipes for deer, elk and wild game.
Venison Garlic Bacon Burger
Makes 6 Hamburgers
- 1lb ground venison burger (bacon and garlic recipe here)
- 2 tablespoons barbeque sauce (use your favorite)
- 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
- 1 egg
- A pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 12 slices sharp cheddar cheese
- 6 slices thick dry cured or peppered bacon
- 6 Hamburger buns
- In a bowl, mix together bacon and garlic venison burger with salt, pepper, barbeque sauce, a whole egg and breadcrumbs. Shape into 6 hamburger patties. Let the meat rest for 15 minutes.
- Cook bacon in a cast iron skillet until fully cooked. Remove and set aside on a paper towel. Remove 95% of the bacon fat from skillet.
- Set your oven to broil.
- Heat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter with bacon fat. Place burgers in skillet and cook for approximately 6-7 minutes or until browned. Turn and continue to cook on the other side.
- Remove from heat. Cut bacon in half and top each hamburger with 2 thick slices and 2 slices of cheddar cheese. Place cast iron skillet under the broiler until the cheese has melted. Remove from oven.
Place the venison hamburger on your favorite hamburger bun, add a slice of crisp white onion and pour your favorite barbeque sauce all over the top. Squeeze together and enjoy! We served these hamburgers with oven roasted sweet potato fries.